Ugly Edible (Tea Party Series)
Ugly Edible is a photography project that embraces imperfect produce, highlighting the issue on food waste and showing that ugly food can also be beautiful. This project aims to transform Singaporeans’ perspective of food. Other than how food can satisfy our taste buds and tummy, nearly half of all the food produced globally are rejected due to irregularities in appearance. By having a better understanding of the characteristics of fresh produce and being more accepting of cosmetic imperfections, Singaporeans can make good food choices to reduce wastage.
Abundance in Refuse
Food wastage is a complex and large scale problem in Singapore. In 2018 alone, 763,000 tonnes of food waste alone was generated. However, there are also many people who are food insecure in our nation, simply because they cannot afford their daily meals. This leads one to question: How can unwanted edible food be given to people who can benefit from it, striving towards a ‘ZERO’ waste nation? The term ‘food rescue’ refers to the practice of gleaning edible food that would otherwise go to waste, redirecting it for human consumption. This practice or intervention is one possible way to tackle food wastage and food insecurity. In Singapore, SG Food Rescue is a group that has been actively doing so for the past two years. Most people do not realise that by disposing small quantities of food, it contributes to the bigger issue of food wastage. In this project, I documented how rescued food can benefit various groups (patrons of Krishna’s Kitchen and my own family), stressing the impact of the large quantities of food waste accumulated and the urgency of the problem.
According to the National Environment Agency, 7.23 million tonnes of solid waste was generated in Singapore in 2019. To prolong the lifespan of our only landfill in Pulau Semakau beyond the year 2035, the government introduced the Zero Waste Masterplan to map out key strategies to ensure our nation's waste management sustainability. “Trash Jars” is a series of photographs that illustrates Singapore's waste statistics and recycling rates in 2019. The series was inspired by individuals who live a zero-waste lifestyle and generate only a jar worth of trash in a year. It features five different waste types generated by domestic households: Paper, Plastics, Food, Textile and Glass. The volume of trash in the jars visually represent the recycling rate of the respective waste types.